Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MINI-SOURIS (Babymouse) in Québec City!

In case you didn't already know, many of the BABYMOUSE books have been translated into French by our Canadian publisher, Éditions Scholastic. Her name en Francais is "MINI-SOURIS!" (Check out the Mini-Souris mini page here.)

Well, the folks at Éditions Scholastic gave me the awesome opportunity to go to Québec City last week for the Salon International du Livre de Québec. I got to do signings at their booth, surrounded by awesome books and exciting visitors like "Frisson" (Scaredy Squirrel):

I also was given the chance to participate in the SILQ's sub-festival, the Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec, which was a real treat since the vast, vast majority of participants were Francophone, producing primarily French-language comics ("bande dessinée"), and I don't speak a lick of French. (Five years of Spanish classes didn't help me out much in Québec.) The FBDFQ folks conducted an interview with me on stage the one day (via a translator) and allowed me to do two drawing demos: one with my Modbook hooked up to an LCD projector, in which I showed folks exactly how I draw my final art for Babymouse (or Mini-Souris!) in Photoshop, and another in which I drew live on paper under a document camera. Here's that drawing:

Another exciting thing was getting the chance to speak not only to Canadian Francophone fans of MINI-SOURIS, but also Canadian Anglophone fans of BABYMOUSE! Éditions Scholastic teamed me up with the Morrin Centre, an English-language cultural center in Québec City (and home to the only English-language library in the city), for their ImagiNation Writers' Festival. As part of the festival, they brought me to two Anglophone schools in the city (Everest Elementary and Holland Elementary), where I got to do my American-style school visit for the kids. It was a blast!

I also found out that the Quebecois morning TV show (the biggest one, I think) called "Salut, Bonjour!" ran a quick feature on MINI-SOURIS: VEDETTE ROCK (Rock Star) on Saturday morning. Here's a link to the segment video clip; look for MINI-SOURIS at around the 6:15 mark.

And, last but not least, if you haven't been to Québec City, go! It's an amazing European-style medieval walled city, right here in North America!

Thanks again to all the folks at Éditions Scholastic, the Morrin Centre, and the FBDFQ who made it possible! Merci beaucoup!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Announcing a new graphic novel anthology, COMICS SQUAD: RECESS!

In case you missed the awesome news, Jenni, Jarrett Krosoczka, and I have edited a brand new anthology of kids' comics called COMICS SQUAD: RECESS!

It's jam-packed with awesome comics by awesome creators, with each story revolving around the theme of RECESS. Our all-star superhero team includes:

Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman
Dav Pilkey
Dan Santat
Gene Luen Yang
Eric Wight
Ursula Vernon

... and of course me & Jenni and Jarrett. 

There are a whole lot of new characters, but also some familiar ones: Babymouse, Betty from the LUNCH LADY series, and DOGMAN from CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS.

(Also, in case you missed it, here's an archive of the twitter conversation the three of us used to announce the book to the world.) 

COMICS SQUAD: RECESS! On bookshelves everywhere July 8, 2014!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Babymouse Mobile Video Games!

I've been MIA from my blog for a bit, but I'm on Twitter more often, so if you're missing me, go to there.

But, in the meantime, lots of cool stuff has been happening! Like BABYMOUSE VIDEO GAMES!

We teamed up with a great kids' game company called SECRETBUILDERS (they do mobile games, plus they have a whole online "world" kids can play in), who made not one but TWO fun and fabulous games:

Babymouse - Pop the Pic Word Puzzle Game


 Babymouse: Our Hero - Spot the Difference Game


Both games are free, and available for iOS (click the pics above) and Android (here and here). Try them out!

Here's a review, including a kid's take on the game.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Matthew and Jennifer Holm at New York Comic Con, Sunday, October 13

Hello, New York! I miss my old town. But we're coming back this weekend as part of New York Comic Con! Here are the details:

SIGNING: Sunday, October 13 1:00-2:00pm
Random House booth

PANEL: Sunday, October 13 2:30-3:30pm
Room 1A01

"Raising a Reader!"
An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Speakers include: Charles Brownstein, Colleen AF Venable, Eric Wight, Jennifer Holm, Matt Phelan, Matthew Holm, Meryl Jaffe, Shana Corey.

SIGNING: Sunday, October 13 4:00pm
CBLDF booth

 Catch our panel or one of our signings, or all of the above!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Matthew Holm at Portland, OR's Wordstock Festival October 5 and 6

Hello Portlandians! (And Vancouvrians ... and any other intrepid Northwesterners ...) I will be at this year's Wordstock Festival—an awesome book festival at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland—on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. All of my events are listed here:

Catch me and other brilliant authors at 5PM on Saturday for the panel discussion, "Strategies for Reluctant Readers" at the Mutt Enterprises Stage (OCC, D-135). This will be a discussion geared more towards educators, parents, and other grown-up types (though kids are welcome; we'll try not to bore you too much!).

Then on Sunday at 1PM, I'll be talking, drawing, and signing books alongside author Kiki Thorpe at the Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage. Bring the kids--this one is for them!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New BABYMOUSE Facebook Page!

We just launched a new Facebook Page for BABYMOUSE! (We had a Facebook Group in the past, but FB seems to be letting the Group model fall by the wayside.)

So go there and LIKE something, for crying out loud!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Matt and Jenni Holm interviewed by Tall Tale Radio

Tom Racine is a lively fellow we had the great fortune to meet at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. He moderated the panel about TEAM CUL DE SAC (video of the panel here--why aren't there more videos of SDCC events online??), brought his daughter (a fan of comics, and of our comics!) to our live drawing event at SDCC, and asked to interview us for his podcast, TALL TALE RADIO!

It's quite an in-depth interview, and covers a great deal about how we got into comics in the first place, our process, and our views on getting kids to read. The podcast was released in segments at GoComics.com, but now you can get it all right here:

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rox in Sox: A Wordstock Pre-event in Lake Oswego, OR

If you live in the Portland area, bring the kids down to the ROX IN SOX Children's Music and Book Festival! The outdoor festival is taking place on Saturday, August 3, beginning at 10am at

Lake Oswego, OR 97035 ‎ 

I'll be taking the stage around 1:50pm to talk with the crowd about my books and, more fun, do some live drawing with volunteers from the audience!

Hope to see you there!